'Sonic Fantasy' Documentary by Marcos Cabotá [MERGED]

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Rockin R;4287282 said:
For those of u who dont know who Marcos (the creator of the doc) is, he's the guy that walks beside MJ en LIVING WITH MJ during his German visit, shouting **** THE PRESS, MJ YOU.RE THE BEST before the cameraman falls down.

Wow, that’s awesome. :cool:(y)
 

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Well that's not Michael so this docu won't change that. Don't lose any sleep over it.

That's the point, this doc could perhaps show how he really created his music.
I'm not that interested in seeing Quincy sitting in the studio and Michael behind the mike, I want to see them discuss music and trading ideas, beatbox, jamming, creating.
If we only see get to see MJ behind the mike, taking orders from Quincy the perception will not change. I am 100% certain MJ was perfectly capable of completely writing, composing and producing his own music.

Also I'm not losing any sleep over it, I sleep like a baby.
 

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That's the point, this doc could perhaps show how he really created his music.
I'm not that interested in seeing Quincy sitting in the studio and Michael behind the mike, I want to see them discuss music and trading ideas, beatbox, jamming, creating.
If we only see get to see MJ behind the mike, taking orders from Quincy the perception will not change. I am 100% certain MJ was perfectly capable of completely writing, composing and producing his own music.

Also I'm not losing any sleep over it, I sleep like a baby.

Then don't watch it. maybe it's not for you to watch. the doc is about Michael but also a team of people who made the album with him. it's a Michael doc. :rolleyes:
 

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For those of u who dont know who Marcos (the creator of the doc) is, he's the guy that walks beside MJ en LIVING WITH MJ during his German visit, shouting **** THE PRESS, MJ YOU.RE THE BEST before the cameraman falls down.

Hahahaha neat. glad to see fans of Michael making positive docs. and Michael loved that quote.
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Social Editing. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SonicFantasy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SonicFantasy</a> <a href="https://t.co/hZpHizmKxe">pic.twitter.com/hZpHizmKxe</a></p>&mdash; Marcos Cabotá (@MarcosCabota) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcosCabota/status/1253254129809530885?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 

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That's the point, this doc could perhaps show how he really created his music.
I'm not that interested in seeing Quincy sitting in the studio and Michael behind the mike, I want to see them discuss music and trading ideas, beatbox, jamming, creating.
If we only see get to see MJ behind the mike, taking orders from Quincy the perception will not change. I am 100% certain MJ was perfectly capable of completely writing, composing and producing his own music.

Also I'm not losing any sleep over it, I sleep like a baby.

You seem overly concerned about appealing to people who are wilfully ignorant.

Glad to hear you are sleeping well.
 

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Great content and a long-overdue. Nothing against Quincy but as I gather more and more information about the men behind the scenes I start to think that Bruce has at least as much, if not even more impact in MJ's creative work. It was definitely team work, and I appreciate to learn more about these contributors, it's fascinating.

Thanks for sharing the insight! :)

I do have something against Quincy. The dude goes out of his way to trash MJ and downplay him. Constantly.

And I'm really tired of it. I'm going to be really pissed off if he does it in this documentary.
 

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I do have something against Quincy. The dude goes out of his way to trash MJ and downplay him. Constantly.

And I'm really tired of it. I'm going to be really pissed off if he does it in this documentary.

He's trashing others too who aren't even here anymore to defend themselves, and I agree it's a shame, but he only started doing this in recent years though so I'm not ruling out the possibility that he's not exactly "well" anymore. :/ In the end it's himself who he disrespect the most with this kind of behaviour, not his targets.

Considering this and his achievements I try to overlook his recent conduct and concentrate on his unmatched contribution to the music world and black/jazz/pop culture during decades, which can't be erased even by himself. I agree though that the effort to downplay MJ is very tiring and needs to end.
 

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Michael and Quincy always had problems. the two just put up with it because of business. look what happen when Michael didn't want him to do the dangerous album? Quincy got mad about it and i don't think he ever got over it.

Quincy has talent. that's not saying that. just over the years he really showed how he really are. lying about Michael and saying rude things about him. doing it all for money because he couldn't face the fact Michael want it to move on and try different things to his music.

Let it go Quincy. Michael want it to move on. not sure why he except him to be with him forever because all artists move on and try different things. Q knew Michael made him that money. that why he was so upset about it.

most people don't even know who Q is until they realize he was the one who helped him with 3 albums and at the grammys at 1984. and that's also make Q bitter. which is understandable.
 

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I have no problem QJ doing this doc. Xtarlight and Mpenziwe said he won't say anything bad about Michael just the album and him and MJ working on it as a team.

whatever we like QJ or not he help it with Thriller. I have no problem with that just his bad talk about Michael. that's the only thing that's worry me.

i don't think he gonna say anything bad about him. at least we all know as of right now.
 

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News about a positive documentary and the state of some of the posts in here.

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Xtarlight and Mpenziwe;4287081 said:
Hi guys, my name is Toni Arias, part of the team working on Sonic Fantasy. I will try answer some questions or comments (of course is a work in progress and I can't talk openly about every aspect) :)

The main character of the documentary is Bruce Swedien and his role on Thriller, his vision, his story... but in the end, it's a Michael Jackson documentary.


¡Enhorabuena,Toni y equipo! The trailer looked very slick, very well made. Especially liked the highlight on the S there on the cover.

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Just one objection though to the motto - Sometimes you have to wait, for something special to happen. The Thriller album was recorded in a liiittle less than 7 months. That doesn't strike me as a particularly long wait, especially considerin' Michael's M.O......

De todos modos, ¡buena fortuna pa' vuestro trabajo adelante!
 

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Richard Lecoq, co-author of the book "Michael Jackson. All The Songs. The Story Behind Every Track" conduct an interview with Marcos Cabotá, director of Sonic Fantasy.

You can read the original in French here: https://mjstreet.fr/2020/05/25/interview-marcos-sabota-revele-les-secrets-de-sonic-fantasy/

Or the Spanish translation here: https://www.mjhideout.com/forum/thr...eacion-del-album-thriller.134131/post-2404938


Here it is in English.

Interview: Marcos Cabotá reveals the secrets of "Sonic Fantasy"

In 2 years, "Thriller" celebrates its 40th anniversary. A celebration of an album that, to date remains the best-selling of all time. This unbeatable myth inspired the Spanish director Marcos Cabotá. A great fan of the King of Pop, he decided to embark on an ambitious project: telling the story of "Thriller" in the form of a documentary that gives voice to those who were close to Michael Jackson in studio in 1982. In this singular time marked by the COVID-19, the director took the time to reveal some secrets of this highly anticipated project.

MJStreet: How was the project born?

Marcos Cabotá:
First of all, I love Michael Jackson and I am also a director here in Spain. The last documentary I made, 3-4 years ago now, is called "I Am Your Father", and it talks about Darth Vader. It was a great success and has been sold worldwide. Netflix has bought the rights. I was also nominated for a Goya (‘the Spanish Oscars’) for this documentary, it was just amazing. Since then, many of my friends kept saying to me, "Now you have to make a documentary about Michael Jackson." Because they know that in my life, I have two passions: Star Wars and Michael Jackson. I didn’t know where to start because Michael Jackson is such a vast subject that I was a little confused. So I had to take my time and think. If I were to make a documentary on Michael Jackson, I didn't want to make a film just for the fans. I wanted to make a documentary aimed at everyone. Michael’s impact is global and we had to find the best angle. And then I thought of "Thriller". It’s the best-selling album in history, and there’s only one in the world on such a level. I realized that there was nothing on "Thriller". The Estate did nothing. I find it incredible that there is no documentary devoted to the best-selling album of all time. There have been books, but no film devoted to "Thriller".

So I started to consult these books. Besides, "Thriller" is not my favorite album. So I wanted to try to better understand the history of this record, to better understand its impact. And I realized that there was a real story to tell there. Then my friends Toni Arias and Laura Serrano (from MJHideOut.com) played a big part in this story. As a director I know that I have to have the support of people like them. Toni is like a living encyclopedia of Michael Jackson, and Laura is second to none when it comes to organizing a project. So, with these two people by my side, things were already a little simpler. Later, Toni, Laura and me, went to France to attend the MJ Music Day, which offered an interesting seminar led by Michael Prince and Brad Buxer. We were there just as fans to attend this event. At one point, they show the trailer for a documentary devoted to the career of Bruce Swedien, from his Chicago debut to the album "Invincible".

I contacted the director of this film, Gareth Maynard, who is an English man and who had shelved this film several years ago. I was watching this documentary and I said to myself, "It's good. It's not perfect, but it's not bad". I watched it with my professional eye, as a director. And I found it unfortunate that this film could not be broadcasted and seen properly around the world. At the end of the screening, I went to see Gareth to tell him: "You have a very beautiful film there". And I added, "What are you going to do with it? And he said, "Nothing. It's been seven years since I made it. I didn’t manage to sell it, so there’s nothing more I can do.”

I went home and, a week later, I called Gareth back and said, "I'm going to film a documentary about ‘Thriller’ and I would love to have Bruce Swedien on it. It would allow me to talk about this album from Bruce's point of view. Would you agree to put me in touch with him so that I can interview him at his home in Florida? I would go there to film a new interview and ask him new questions. But I need your work as a base and your agreement."

We discussed it all together and he said "OK". He had taken the time to see my other films and he liked the way I worked. He agreed with my proposal, that's how he became producer of "Sonic Fantasy".

So I got to see Gareth’s movie and the footage he shot. There are a few things I use in my film, but 95% of the documentary is made up of new footage.

I had to re-film the interviews, notably for reasons of broadcast standards. When you broadcast on TV or Netflix, you must meet certain technical standards. And for his documentary, Gareth had used his own camera, but it didn't meet these standards. So I re-filmed everything with cinema cameras, in 4K.

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MJStreet: How did you select the people to interview for this documentary? Did you start from a ready-made list or did you solicit certain people as you filmed?

Marcos Cabotá:
I made a list to start with. I also started from books like the one you wrote with Francois (Allard), it was very useful to me. But I also wanted to interview people who had worked with Bruce Swedien and Michael, even if they weren't part of the "Thriller" project, like Brad Buxer. I wanted them to tell me about the relationship between Michael and Bruce Swedien. And also, when I was at Bruce's house to film his interview, he said to me: "Oh, you should also question this person!" And that's how I added other names to the list!

Normally, for a 2-hour documentary, you select 15 people to interview. And for this one we have retained 30. I could have gone even further, but in fact we only have 2 hours for this documentary. So we had to make choices.

MJStreet: During the making of this documentary, did certain ideas that you thought you had acquired turn out to be different in reality? Have you changed your mind about certain aspects of "Thriller" by discovering new things?

Marcos Cabotá:
Absolutely! Actually, I like "Thriller" a lot, but after making this movie, I like it even more. I understand why it became the best-selling album in history. It’s not just a question of songs and music, it’s also a question of context, of the time when it all happened. It depends on a lot of things related to the record industry, but also to society in general. These are all factors that also explain the success of "Thriller". I discovered things that I didn't know about the album and, of course, I incorporated them into the film.

MJStreet: You told me that "Thriller" is not your favorite album... So what is your favorite Michael Jackson album?

Marcos Cabotá:
"Dangerous"! I love everything about this album. I like the way Michael Jackson, with Teddy Riley and other producers like Bill Bottrell and Brad Buxer, have worked on this record. I like the innovative sound of "Dangerous" with songs like "Jam", "Why You Wanna Trip On Me" or "In The Closet". To me, "Who Is It" is a masterpiece. I really like "Thriller", and now that I've been working on this documentary for almost two years, it's an album that I love even more. It is magic. There is this incredible team formed by Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Bruce Swedien, without forgetting Rod Temperton. This is something that cannot happen again... This new documentary is for everyone. We all know the songs "Thriller" and "Billie Jean". My goal is that once people see this movie, they will listen to the album in a completely different way.

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Shooting at Westlake Studio D. Photo: Toni Arias


MJStreet: I saw on the documentary site that the film contains an interview with Quincy Jones. Was it easy for you to contact him? Because sometimes he asks not to be questioned about his time with Michael. Did Bruce Swedien's involvement in the project work in your favor?

Marcos Cabotá:
Yes, in fact everyone we see in the documentary agreed to participate in the project because Bruce Swedien was the starting point of the adventure. Because, in addition to telling the story of "Thriller, we are also, in a way, retracing the journey of Bruce Swedien. That’s why all these people agreed to be part of the film. They love Bruce, and in fact it was Bruce himself who called Quincy Jones for us.

MJStreet: If I understand correctly, the documentary will be available on Netflix. As you are dealing with a legendary album, did you obtain the rights to use the music of "Thriller" in order to include it in the documentary?

Marcos Cabotá:
First of all, I want to clarify that for the moment the broadcast on Netflix is &#8203;&#8203;not confirmed. It is true that my previous documentary has been broadcast on Netflix around the world, but for the moment I do not know if it will land on Netflix, Amazon or elsewhere. But, in any case, my goal is to spread it around the world, via Netflix or another platform.

And concerning music is a very good question. In fact, in my Star Wars documentary, I was not allowed to use the soundtracks from the film. So I made sure to make a documentary in which music didn't matter as much, so that people who watch it wouldn't mind. For "Sonic Fantasy", I got in touch with the Estate. As I speak to you, I am not yet authorized to use the music of "Thriller". But what I can already say is that Brad Buxer is part of the soundtrack of the documentary. He plays songs on the piano, and he also plays Michael Jackson’s songs. But I hope the Estate will let me use the music. In a way, this documentary focuses mainly on the history of the album. I do not want to "spoil" precious minutes by playing a whole song, because there is a lot to tell about the creation of the album. I want to spend more time on the details, anecdotes, images, photos and testimonials that I was able to collect during my investigation. Music is important, but that's not all.

MJStreet: Now that you've made this documentary, do you understand better why "Thriller" became the best-selling album in history?

Marcos Cabotá:
Yes, absolutely. As you will see in the film, they all wanted to do something huge. This project was born out of a frustration that Michael had in him, because he had won only one Grammy Award for "Off The Wall", which had already won a great success with the audience. "Thriller" was born in a very specific social and political context. There was the devastation of disco music on the record industry. Quincy, Michael and Bruce wanted to release the best album possible. And in fact they planned it all. This is what I show in the film. Quincy Jones very often says, "You can't predict these things." OK, that's right, but the three of them knew very well inside that they were doing something huge. They were constantly looking for the best of the best: not only for the songs, but also for the musicians and the techniques used in the studio. In a way, they knew very well that they were creating something great.

Back to your question, I now understand why it became the best-selling album of all time. The strong point of "Thriller" is that you can listen to it today without being able to say when it was created. It remains up to date. It’s like it was recorded yesterday.


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Marcos Cabotá watching footage with Taryll Jackson


MJStreet: When will the documentary finally be released? Has a date already been set?

Marcos Cabotá:
The editing is 90% complete and we had to finish it a few weeks ago. But because of the current pandemic, we had to take a break. We plan to finish it by the end of the summer, and to release the film at the end of the year... and why not on the anniversary date of the release of the album!

MJStreet: In the documentary, do you mention the fact that the "E.T. Storybook" project completely changed the planning of "Thriller", to the point of damaging the final rendering of the first master of the album?

Marcos Cabotá:
Yes, absolutely. And besides, this part on the "E.T. Storybook" is one of the most important parts of the documentary. With hindsight, we realize that this story played a very important role in the production of "Thriller", with in particular the problems encountered with the record company MCA. Michael had to leave the studio to devote himself to this album, and in fact it changed the story of "Thriller".


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Marcos Cabotá and Michael Jackson, (World Music Awards, 2006)


MJStreet: Do you want to add something else?

Marcos Cabotá:
Yes, I have received a lot of questions regarding this documentary. People want to know what's in it. I want to reassure them: I love Michael Jackson, and this documentary contains nothing negative about it, quite the contrary. Others have asked me what Quincy Jones is like, how he talks about Michael etc. Here again I reassure you: Quincy loves Michael. I’ve also heard people say that Bruce was a little bit embittered towards Michael… Again, I want to reassure everyone: Bruce loves Michael. And I also want to add that this film presents the person, the human being that was Michael Jackson. This is something that we managed to highlight in this documentary. Everyone we met loves Michael and talks about him with great affection. I can't wait for people to enjoy "Sonic Fantasy". Personally, when I watched it, I had tears in my eyes. I made this film with love, just like you and Francois wrote your book with love and passion.

People shouldn't expect a documentary like those of Spike Lee on "BAD 25" or "Off The Wall". His approach was to treat albums song by song. For my part, I wanted to tell the story around "Thriller", and I therefore gave great importance to storytelling. We have avoided being too technical for fear of cutting ourselves off from part of the audience. You have to see this documentary as a beautiful story, like a love story. It's a love story with people who love music, and who, at one point in their lives, put all that love into the making of this album, "Thriller". I’m really looking forward to releasing this film. This is my seventh documentary, and I can already say that it is my favorite.*

Interview by Richard Lecocq
 

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The documentary's approach is really promising. A good story about music for a general public. No chance to lose
 

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I hope the estate will give this project a green light. The original music is essential in my opinion.
 

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I honestly feel very worried about this documentary. There is already a big voice out there that Quincy wrote the Thriller album, that MJ sat on the shoulders of very talented people and just showed up to go hee hee and do some hiccups.

The focus of this documentary is Bruce Swedien.

I fear it will just add to the voice that Michael was merely a passenger on this journey.
 

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i belive this documentary will tell the truth whatever it is. That is a strong point for Mr. Cabotá filmmaking. I'm not worry at all about how Michael's image is going to be shown on it
 

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I am really looking forward to this documentary. It sounds quite promising. Hope it delivers when it comes out.
 

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So Quincy did this and Bruce did that and then we got Rod to write some songs and John Landis had this great idea for the video and oh yeah we got Michael to sing over our productions.

I'm pessimistic till I see it :p
 

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I hope it be a great doc. good luck for everyone who working on it. also screw the estate. everytime when it's something good about Michael they always throw it away with other trash.
 
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